Saturday, April 24, 2010
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
The bastard son of 100 maniacs has returned. The lack of connection to the first movie is the a major factor people use to gripe about this film (well, besides all the homoeroticism). That being said, Freddy is still his menacing self and if there is one thing I like about a good sequel is it's ability to stand on it's own while still pleasing fans of the original.
That's not to say this film doesn't have it's low points. This entry is less about dreams and more about possession. In fact, take Freddy out of it and you got a possession film along the lines of Amityville Horror 2.
Anyone who has seen this film should realize the homoerotic symbolism that is apparent. It's not a detraction but it is a distraction. If there was one incident it could be viewed as accidental but there's just too many instances to mention here for that.
Another strange flaw is the possessed bird. Does Freddy think that if all else fails with possessing the teenager he has to possess the bird?
The Freddy Kreuger we are presented here is the darkest yet. Yes, more so than in the original. It's not the worst in the series. Not by a longshot.